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Registration Now Open for 2019 Summer Science Camps at The Morton Arboretum

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February 7, 2019

Registration is now open for The Morton Arboretum’s Summer Science Camps, taking place from June 3 through Aug. 16. Set among the Arboretum’s woodlands, wetlands and prairie, the camps are designed to spark a sense of discovery and an appreciation of the outdoor world.

The 2019 season includes more than 100 week-long camps for kids in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, with curriculum informed by the Arboretum’s diverse ecosystems and the tree-focused work of the institution’s scientists. The camps follow the principles of STEM learning: encouraging exploration, observation and critical thinking. New sessions for 2019 include:

  • Painting with Plants will explore the various parts of a plant before repurposing them in artistic ways.
  • Critter Cases will encourage keen observation skills as campers search for the signs that creatures make when traveling to and from their habitats.
  • STEM: Sticks and Bricks will incorporate the fundamentals of engineering as campers create art from natural materials.
  • Forest Forensics will examine the stories trees tell through their tree rings, via outdoor exploration and a visit to the Arboretum’s Herbarium to see trees of the past and present. 

Additional sessions will feature opportunities to delve into nature photography and to learn about birds, including species-specific bird calls and nest building locales and methods. . Camps also give kids the opportunity to conduct research on trees, studying their seeds and leaves using the same processes as an Arboretum scientist.

“The Morton Arboretum’s Summer Science Camps help kids build lasting, meaningful relationships with the outdoor world while inspiring a love of nature through hands-on scientific experiments, imaginative crafts and problem-solving challenges,” said Meghan Wiesbrock, manager of curriculum and instruction.

The Arboretum’s Summer Science Camps take place on the grounds of the Arboretum. Each full- or half-day session is taught by an instructor with a background in education and previous experience working with children. To fit parents’ schedules, the Arboretum will offer afternoon supervised play from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee.

Click here for an online copy of the 2019 Summer Science Camps brochure, including details on all sessions being offered. The Arboretum strives to provide accessible experiences for all children. For more information on accessibility at Summer Science Camps, call 630-719-4890.

Camp fees are $180 for members ($210 for nonmembers) per week for half-day sessions and $325 for members ($380 for nonmembers) per week for full-day sessions. Payment is due in full at time of registration. Registration fee includes a Summer Science Camp T-shirt.

Students entering seventh, eighth, or ninth grade in the fall of 2019 who are interested in volunteering with the Arboretum’s Summer Science Camps are encouraged to learn about our youth volunteer program. The selection process takes place in April.

The Morton Arboretum’s Summer Science Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. Summer Science Camps are supported by Molex Corporation.